|  

Author: TrenEcuador

Meet the ‘steam train whisperer’

  |   History   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s hard – in our Twitter-feed, sandwich-for-lunch, multi-tasking age – to fathom having worked for the same company for 32 years, to have dedicated so much of one’s energy and time – a lifetime – to just one enterprise. And for the...

Read More

Flavors of the land

  |   Experiences   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The railroad truly reveals Ecuador’s amazing agricultural dimension and potential. As we make our way from the high Andes to the Andean slopes and eventually the coastal plains, we get to experience and observe not only clear changes in climate, but astounding...

Read More

Tren del Hielo ll

  |   Experiences   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is without a doubt a must-experience adventure. It starts early in the morning, as the train leaves from the station at Ambato at 8:00 am. For this trip, we advise you to take gloves, a wool or alpaca hat (which you...

Read More

Tren de la Libertad II

  |   Experiences   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]At 8 am, we meet at the Otavalo Train Station to embark on the first leg of the Freedom Train (Tren de la Libertad). Although it’s cloudy, the powerful imbabura mountains can be seen on both sides of the tracks. It is...

Read More

A train in Montubia Land

  |   Destinations   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The coast receives us with its warm, tantalizing tropical breeze. We are barely four meters from sea level and during our train ride inland, we feel the stability of heading straight through the alluvial plains, something that, later, at the Bucay station,...

Read More

New Year’s a la Ecuador

  |   Destinations   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In Ecuador, "New Year’s Eve" is actually called “the Old Year”. It is celebrated on December 31 and has a protagonist: El Viejo, or the Old Man. The Old Man is a human-sized “rag” doll, filled with sawdust and dressed in clothes...

Read More

Baltazar Ushca

  |   Destinations   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]He’s fast become a household name in Ecuador. The reason: a most peculiar livelihood. Baltazar Ushca has dedicated his entire life to obtaining ice from the glaciers of Mount Chimborazo. Today, when most human beings need just a few steps to reach...

Read More

An Ibarra walk

  |   Destinations   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]From the viewpoint of San Miguel Arcángel, one observes the city, with its straight streets and white houses, at the foot of Volcán Imbabura. From here, you can also admire the spectacular Yahuarcocha Lake, the 'lake of blood', in Kichwa, named so...

Read More

Fiestas along the railway

  |   Destinations   |   No comment

[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the most interesting facts when visiting the country is to get to know its people and its deep traditions, a cultural experience that is perhaps most palpable during the many fiestas that take place in every region. Be sure to...

Read More